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Nature’s Medicine

No Monday blues here. I’m bringing you a dose of nature’s nurturing green to start your week feeling uplifted and rejuvenated. Think of it as a building block, a foundation for your day (and I hope) for your week. Build on it.

Pen onto your calendar, right now, something that will uplift you each and every day. Commit to those goals. Make your well-being in mind-boy-spirit the #1 priority on your calendar this week.

You know the things that bring you personal happiness, that lift your heart. Right now we might be restricted to “the small things”. What you will find out is that the small things are actually the big things…


“The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness.” ~ John Muir

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“When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world.~ John Muir

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“In every walk with Nature one receives far more than he seeks.~ John Muir

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“If you look the right way, you can see that the whole world is a garden.”
~ Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden 

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Our Meeting Place

Have you noticed? The world seems to be in a place where we’re always expected to choose sides now, no matter what. Over a year into it, while society is still consumed by daily news of a virus, there is another “dis-ease” that preys on humanity.

It’s called “you’re-either-with-us-or-against-us”. As long as we force each other to choose sides and then attack each other for those choices, there will never be any meeting ground for healing and building. We will constantly be stuck in a state of tearing down, doomed in a fatal downward spiral to a black void.

Imagine a time in future when aliens visit Earth, a beautiful place lush with flora and fauna, but strangely void of other life forms. And in their exploration of this lovely planet, they come upon a huge headstone that reads,

“Here lies Humanity. Sadly, they killed each other with their out of control egos.”

Personally this is not a future vision that I want to see manifest. As Rumi said,

“Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing, there is a field. I’ll meet you there. When the soul lies down in that grass, the world is too full to talk about.”

Yes, we could make that choice to meet there, together. Imagine everyone on the same side, a unified commitment to constantly see, evaluate, and discuss many points of view, without judgement or a need to “have it all my way” or attack.

It would be a beginning…


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The Expansive Mind

“Know-it-all-ness” has our society in a stranglehold. Experts and authorities constantly vie for the limelight, trying to convince us that they have all the answers. The mass media are only too happy to accommodate them and many people believe it all without question.

Why do they? How, when, why did this become such a general tendency in human beings? The partial answer to that is that we are all products of social programming. Have you asked yourself lately, if the experts and authorities are indeed so knowledgeable and adept, then why is our world in such a mess?

I have also noticed a trend that as long as the media narrative fits some people’s desired view of the world, they will argue vehemently for their viewpoint to the point of hating their “opponents”. The exchange is so hateful, in fact, that it is easy to imagine this type of personality will go to any lengths to defend their point of view. Whatever happened to backing up even just a little to consider another way of looking at it?

Bullheadedness, combativeness, and downright hatred – these tendencies all greatly impede our chances of creating a fair and peaceful society. If we could each strive to not so quickly and easily adopt just one point of view and hang on to it tightly, this would go a long way to moving our society forward in a positive way.

The scientific mind questions everything, as does the intuitive heart. A change in methodology is called for to find the answers we seek in these troubled times. It behooves us to question everything and be open to many possibilities.

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Little by Little

When life feels too overwhelming to deal with, “little by little” is an excellent methodology that keeps us moving forward. Also known in motivational circles as “chunking it down”, it’s a method of taking anything that feels insurmountable and down-sizing it to bite-size pieces.

Write down on paper whatever feels too daunting, then divide it into small pieces that feel manageable. Organize the pieces into a plan consisting of steps and stages, then immediately dig in and begin. Accomplishing that crucial first small step gives us enthusiasm and motivation to move on to the next one, then the next, and on it goes until that overwhelming monster is vanquished.

Lately I notice from social media comments that the world’s turmoil is immobilizing people from accomplishing even the simplest of daily tasks. “Little by little” is a way to overcome inertia and reclaim power over our lives.

This sense of empowerment gives us peace of mind, plus the confidence to envision and implement what we want for the future. We can’t let the problems of the world beat us. And, we won’t!

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Overcoming Hate

What could I ever say about hate and love that would rival the words of one of the greatest visionaries for humanity, Martin Luther King Jr.?

His words encompassed a much broader spectrum than the issue of racism. They spoke to the very essence of who we are as individuals. They inspired us to improve our own character and integrity, so that we can then each contribute to a better humanity. He raised the bar. He dared us all to be better people.

We each grapple with the dark night of our own soul. Hate has the potential to rear its ugly head in various situations, small to big. Each of us holds the key to overcome the world’s hate. It is not in “someone else’s hands”. Unless we overcome our own darkness, the world will not be survive its darkness.

Inspirational Martin Luther King Jr. quotes:

“Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”

“Let no man pull you so low as to hate him.”

“I have decided to stick to love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.

“There is some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us. When we discover this, we are less prone to hate our enemies.”

“Hatred paralyzes life; love releases it. Hatred confuses life; love harmonizes it. Hatred darkens life; love illuminates it.”

“Hate destroys the hater…”

“I am convinced that love is the most durable power in the world. It is not an expression of impractical idealism, but of practical realism. Far from being the pious injunction of a Utopian dreamer, love is an absolute necessity for the survival of our civilization. To return hate for hate does nothing but intensify the existence of evil in the universe. Someone must have sense enough and morality enough to cut off the chain of hate and evil, and this can only be done through love.”


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